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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 4:54am

Court Upholds Open Meetings Ruling

Georgia's top court is requiring the city of Statesboro to pay the legal costs of residents who sued it for violating the state's Open Meetings Act.

The unanimous opinion released Monday upholds a Bulloch County judge's ruling that requires the city pay $4,250 in legal fees after it found the Statesboro mayor and city council met outside the Statesboro City Hall chambers to discuss the city's 2011 budget.

A group of residents sued the city, mayor and five council members and sought an injunction barring any more "secret" meetings, and the city appealed after a judge ruled against it in September 2010.

The opinion written by Justice Harold Melton says "the Open Records Act explicitly authorizes the assessment of attorney fees."

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